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ˈʰwɛr i, ˈwɛr iwher·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wherry, Norfolk wherrynoun

    sailing barge used especially in East Anglia

  2. wherrynoun

    light rowboat for use in racing or for transporting goods and passengers in inland waters and harbors


  1. wherrynoun

    A light embarcation used to navigate inland waterways.

  2. wherrynoun

    A flat-bottomed vessel previously employed by British merchants, notably in East Anglia, sometimes converted into pleasure boats.

  3. wherrynoun

    A liquor made from the pulp of crab apples after the verjuice is extracted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wherrynoun

    a passenger barge or lighter plying on rivers; also, a kind of light, half-decked vessel used in fishing

    Etymology: [Cf. W. chwerw bitter.]

  2. Wherrynoun

    a long, narrow, light boat, sharp at both ends, for fast rowing or sailing; esp., a racing boat rowed by one person with sculls

    Etymology: [Cf. W. chwerw bitter.]

  3. Wherrynoun

    a liquor made from the pulp of crab apples after the verjuice is expressed; -- sometimes called crab wherry

    Etymology: [Cf. W. chwerw bitter.]


  1. Wherry

    A wherry is a type of boat that was traditionally used for carrying cargo or passengers on rivers and canals in England, and is particularly associated with the River Thames and also with the Broadland rivers of Norfolk and Suffolk. London passenger wherries evolved into the Thames skiff, a gentleman's rowing boat. Wherries were clinker-built with long overhanging bows so that patrons could step ashore dryshod before landing stages were built along the river. It is the long angled bow that distinguishes the wherry and skiff from the gig and cutter which have steeper bows following the rise of the Royal Navy, and the building of landing stages. In the late 18th century the name was given to the Norfolk wherry, a kind of sailing barge with large sails which was developed to replace an earlier cargo boat, the Norfolk Keel. The term wherry is also associated with a particular type of lighter used on the River Tyne largely in connection with coal trade. The last example Elswick No.2 is owned by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums service.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wherry

    hwer′i, n. a shallow, light boat, sharp at both ends for speed:—pl. Wherr′ies.—n. Wherr′y-man, one who rows a wherry. [Ety. dub.; perh. conn. with Ice. hverfr, crank—hverfa, to turn.]

  2. Wherry

    hwer′i, n. a liquor made from the pulp of crab-apples.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wherry

    A name descended from the Roman horia, the oare of our early writers. It is now given to a sharp, light, and shallow boat used in rivers and harbours for passengers. The wherries allowed to ply about London are either scullers worked by one man with two sculls, or by two men, each pulling an oar. Also, a decked vessel used in fishing in different parts of Great Britain and Ireland: numbers of them were notorious smugglers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherry in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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